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Light and Power
The Light and Power Department consists of three Divisions: Administration, Distribution and Generation. The focus of the department is to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric service to its varied customers within the town limits of the Town of Culpeper. The department negotiates with Dominion Virginia Power as well as the Southeastern Power Administration to purchase wholesale electricity through its purchased power group VMEA (Virginia Municipal Electric Association) The department also operates a peak shaving generation facility to offset the demand requirements of its customers as well as provide emergency back up power to a portion of the town should a failure of the power delivery system occur.

The Administration Division is charged with the overall supervision of the department as well as sharing supervision for the Utility Services Department with Public Works.

The Generation Division operates and maintains the peak shaving plant being on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for peaking and emergency operations.

The Distribution Division is responsible for constructing, operating, and maintaining the infrastructure required to safely and efficiently distribute the purchased and generated power to Town customers. In addition this division installs and maintains street lights, automatic traffic control signals, and assists with various other electrical tasks assigned by the Town Manager. Assistance is also provided to the Town with holiday decorations, banner installations as well as assisting Public Works with reducing used Christmas trees to chips.

Town of Culpeper Code of Ordinances provides that Light and Power shall have access to Town-owned electric meters on your property.

Section 24-42, Electric Meters

(a) There shall be placed at the cost to the town, in the discretion of the town manager or his designee, on each electrical service supplied to any building or premises, one (1) or more electric meters.

(b) All electricity will be furnished by meter measurement at such rates as are prescribed by the town council, and all electricity passing through any meter shall be paid for according to meter reading at the prevailing rate specified by the town council.

(c) Each electric meter is the property of the town and at all times subject to the town's control and inspection. Where any meter is located on any private property, building or premises, the town shall have the right to enter the same at all reasonable hours for the purpose of examining, repairing, replacing or removing such meter or to take meter readings.

(d) Any meter injured directly or indirectly by the owner or occupant will be renewed or repaired by the town at the expense of the owner or occupant.

(e) Where electricity is supplied to more than one (1) owner, family or occupant through a single service line on which there is a meter, the town will not undertake to apportion the charges for such use of electricity among the several owners, occupants or families, but the bill for the use of electricity shall be a charge against the person who made application for the electrical service.

(f) If at any time a meter shall be found to have been tampered with or for any reason shall fail to register, or it shall be found defective in registering since the last previous reading, the electricity consumption for such period may be estimated by an average of readings through the same or from past readings or from similar connections.

(g) Electric meters shall be located readily accessible on the exterior of the building, or if located within a building they shall be readily accessible to service personnel in an unoccupied or public area.